Utah Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System : Local Health District Report, 1995-1998
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Overall, the Utah population is relatively young and healthy. Its death rate is much lower than that for the U.S.
(all cause deaths), and it has especially low rates of death for lung cancer and heart disease. These low rates
are at least partially attributable to Utah’s healthy lifestyles, such as low smoking rates and high rates of participation
in physical activity. Utah is able to assess the prevalence of behavioral and lifestyle risk factors for
disease using the CDC-sponsored Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) telephone survey.
From this ongoing survey, we also know that Utahns have relatively good insurance coverage and low rates of
obesity compared with other states in the U.S. There is room for improvement, however. Utahns report only
average physical and mental health (# days health not good), average consumption of fruits and vegetables,
and our utilization of mammography and pap smear is lower than the U.S. median.
The BRFSS produces local health district estimates every 3 years for most survey items. All BRFSS
data are collected from adults, and are weighted to be representative of the adult population in the state and in
each of Utah’s 12 local health districts.